As it pertains to the lien sale process, the lien holder is the individual or company that is conducting the lien sale. They are the person or entity that needs to have a balance paid or a vehicle removed.
A lien sale is a DMV procedure that may be used by individuals, mechanics, body shops, junk yards or law enforcement to collect fees due for unpaid and overdo services, notify registered owners or interested parties or legal owners that there is a balance due, or that a vehicle has been abandoned or abated. In the case of a mechanic or body shop, It allows the lien holder to recover their costs, in the case of law enforcement or individuals, to notify interested parties that this vehicle needs to be removed or it will be sold and or destroyed.
REG 168 A form (certification of lien sale for vehicle valued $4000 or less – Civil Code 3072)
A bill of sale from the lien holder to the buyer (yourself)
A reg 343 form (application for title or registration)
A reg 156 form (application for replacement plates, stickers, documents)
Note: In addition to the documents requested above, if your vehicle has no California record/has been registered out of state, you will need the following:
A Vin Verification
If it is a commercial vehicle, you will need a weighmaster certificate
The DMV itself
Proxy service – registration service – although we cannot immediately process your application like a regular transfer ,we can assist you in getting the paperwork in order and taking your application to the DMV.